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Bangkok,
01 September 2022
William R.  Morledge


September's Nitelife News
COVID Travel Guidelines
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Robots, Darts, Immigration
Traces of Our Past - November1965
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #194
         The Royal City Avenue Night Entertainment Area was, like all other Bangkok Night Entertainment, locked down for most of the two-plus year Coronavirus winter.   Many had questions as to whether or not it would reopen as an Entertainment Area.   The answer, of course, is it's reopening, and after a slow start these last two months, many of the previous Nitespots have already reopened, or are in the process of reopening.   We also see ongoing renovations on what soon will be new Nitespots.

         The supersized Mirinn Club (previously The Forte) is by far the most attractive of the RCA Nitespots.   Located at the Petchburi Road end of Royal City Avenue.    (See map below.)
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         As it was pre-Pandemic, RCA is aimed at the Thai market, but foreigners are always welcome.   And, as before, RCA is home to emporium-sized Night Entertainment multiplexes - where one might find disco, massage, 'models', dining, karaoke and a lounge bar all under one roof.   Generally, these multiplexes will attract single males, and the ladies will arrive in groups of two or three.   Already very busy on weekends.


               The lavishly decorated Onyx is one of four supersized Entertainment Complxes found on the RCA Strip.   Located at the beginnng of the Entertainment Area (Rama IX side) it is always crowded on weekends.
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 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         LAX is, of course, the 3-letter IATA & FAA code for the Los Angeles International Airport.   We can guarantee that this LAX is orders of magnitude more pleasant than the one in Los Angeles - which may be an actual glimpse into the bowels of Hell...
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

               Route 66 is perhaps the oldest remaining Venue on the RCA Strip, and the biggest.   And we mean, biggest, with a frontage of over 120 meters.   To gain perspective, the combined frontage of Route 66 and the next door Onyx is as long as Patpong 1 Road.   (Really.)   
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 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         The Old Leng survived the Coronavirus winter and has come back as popular as ever...


 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

               The K Bangkok Party KTV, another of the supersized RCA Venues, has been a 'KTV' format Venue and an indoor Go-Kart park in times past.   Now, post-Pandemic, it has gone back to the KTV-type venue.
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 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         The unusually named De Fabel (Old Town Road), sandwiched between Old Leng and Zaab, is another pre-Pandemic Venue to have reopened successfully.
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         Talk Tomboy 99, originally 'Talk 99 Bangkok Tomboy', has been around for a while and is resurrecting itself post-Pandemic...   
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

The Zaab venues have been around, in various locations in various forms for several years.   Zaab Bao Bao, (more bar than restaurant) while only a single-shophouse wide, is always busy.
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

Kitty RCA is a 'full service' massage parlor.
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         The Song Pee Nong Thai Massage is one of two currently open massage parlors in RCA.   ('Song Pee Nong' = 'The two siblings'.)
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

     The Ye Lai Xiang is a popular 'barbecue' spot on the RCA strip.   With this signage, it would be hard to miss...
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

         Hotman Factory is a fitness gym.   Relocated from Rachadapisek ?
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

       Cannacha is RCA's contribution to Thailand's new 'legal cannabis' scene.   Offering canabis-spiked tea drinks.   As with cannabis shops elsewhere in the Kingdom, we didn't see any customers at the Cannacha in our recent visits.....   More optimism than sound business plan?   A wait-and-see item...
 ROYAL CITY AVENUE

 


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A Summary of Current Government Guidelines on Covid-19
Bangkok, 01 September 2022

Reprinted from last month - Guidelines effective since 1 July 2022.

First and foremost, the two biggest obstacles to Thailand returning to "The Old pre-Covid Normal" have been removed :

1. The Thailand Pass requirement has been removed.

2. The US$10,000 health insurance requirement, has been discontinued, thus welcoming all travellers with proof of either a certificate of vaccination, or a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR, or professional ATK test result.

Follows is a summary of changes as posted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand ...

"This information has been updated on 24 June, 2022.

      The following rules will be in effect from 1 September, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers from all countries/ territories with scheduled arrivals from this date.

Pre-arrival requirements :

Vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

      1. A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
      2. A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
      3. Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
      4. Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.   Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
      5. Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand: A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

On Arrival Requirements :

Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

The vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.   *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

Likewise, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who have proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.

The unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival.   All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

During the Stay :

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards.   Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested.   If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment."


         Bangkok Eyes notes that the Government can change travel and/or health /safety and/or Night Entertainment policy from time to time, so prospective travellers should update on a regular basis, both with the Tourist Organization of Thailand (TOT), and your local Thai Consulate.   Links immediately below.

Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) website <link>.
Thai Consulate <link>.

The Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination for International Travel
(Reprinted by request.)

      For Thais and foreigners living in, or otherwise vaccinated against Covid-19 in Thailand, your records have automatically been maintained at the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.   Your records can be accessed by you at any time by downloading the Moh Phrom app on your smart phone, and filling in the data - exactly as recorded on your hard copy vaccination certificate given to you at the time of vaccination.   Your Certificate of Vaccination should be carried with you whenever travelling.





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   READER :     Sir,
      I'll be returning to Bangkok in November for an extended stay, and hope to get back into the loop on the darts scene.   I saw in some of your earler issues that you would mention darts, but I've not seen anything recently.   Do you know if the pubs and bars have darts again now that the Pandemic is, for the better part, behind us?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      We do not cover the darts scene on a regular basis, but rather the Night Entertainment Venues themselves.   So we had to ask our expert, "H" (you know who you are), and he confirms that darts is once again an ongoing thing.   In his words, "It appears that Thai darts is doing OK.   Just saw a flyer for the Thai Open."   If you will be playing darts in Bangkok on your visit, you can't go wrong checking out Moonshine Pub in Soi 7 Annex, and the Keep In Touch bar at the back of Soi Starlight on Soi 22 Sukhumvit.

  IMMIGRATION  PROBLEMS


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   READER :     My dear Sir,
       I have an application for you, my name is (withheld), I am a Diploma Electrical Engineer.   I am a genuine Bangladeshi citizen.   I love America all the time, I want to go to your country.
      If you take me to your country Any Work For With Work Permit.   I will continue to work for one year without pay.    There is no need to pay any salary, only food, and accommodation.
      I am not in good condition in my country.   If you take me to your country or company.   Then I will not have to pay any salary for one year, I will just have to make arrangements for accommodation.   You don't have to pay any salary just for living.

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Thank you for writing in.   However, we are a Bangkok-based historical website.   We are not able to process USA immigration requests, nor are we located in USA.   The best method to start immigration proceedings is to contact the US Embassy consulate nearest to you.   They will supply you with the information and procedures.   As you are a qualified engineer, you will be readily considered.   You should be aware that in the event you go to America, you should not ever work without pay - indentured servitude is against the law.   Good luck.

  THE   RISE  OF  THE  MACHINES


ED 209 & photo copyright Orion Pictures / MGM


   READER :     Sir,
      As movies are a part of your night scene, I noticed while dining at Sizzler before going to the movies at Central Rama 9 that they have robots that deliver the food to the tables instead of waitresses or waiters.   I noticed that these robots are made up of mostly trays that hold the arriving food or dirty dishes and do not have any actual eyes.   These robots are definitely not ED 209s from RoboCop, so I was thinking that as a customer, I could get up pretending to get something from the salad bar, but steal food from passing robots, thereby saving money on main courses while at the same time, getting back at the Rise of the Machines.   Your thoughts?

   MIDNITE HOUR:   
      Very funny.   And your email still has nothing to do with Night Entertainment.   But we at Bangkok Eyes believe we have come across a World's First, so we are publishing.   The mind boggles - we don't think anyone has ever thought of robbing a robot before...   What next - snipers taking out Amazon delivery drones?   Mind you, stealing is still stealing, and with the world slowly being covered by CCTV, you will still get nailed by the authorities - and you will be lucky if you are not taken into custody by ED 209, or worse.

Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
Note: Letters may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.
'Reader's Corner' moderator -


'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
*   Zootramp Publications


 


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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXI      No. 09
                           Bangkok,  01 September 2022                         
   Free Distribution

 PATPONG  1  
MAP
       Below is an archive photo of the Thigh Bar in its prime.   Take a long look...   It is no longer like that today.   Today's Thigh Bar is floodlit in front, with a white waist-high barrier across the front, barring entrance to anyone who doesn't buy a 300 Baht "First-Drink" ticket.   Talking to the street touts, we find.... "Under new management..."   Anyone else selling drinks on Patpong 1 for 300 Baht?   Jus' askin'...
 PATPONG  1 

       After long Covid delays with no signs of life, the Safari is showing some movement.   It appears that some renovation is going on...   Will this be for the good?   (A reopening.)   Or otherwise...   A wait-and-see item...
 PATPONG  1 

            Venues open August 2022 through 1 September 2022 :
         *    King's Castle 1 - REMAINS OPEN

         *    King's Castle - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Emperor Club - REMAINS OPEN - 5th level above Shenanigans.

         *    Morimoto - REMAINS OPEN - 3rd level above Shenanigans.

         *    Tip Top - - REMAINS OPEN - as a Pool Bar.

         *    Wong Barber - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Derby King - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Shenanigans - REMAINS OPEN - (On Suriwong Road)

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar.

         *    Radio City - REMAINS OPEN

         *   Happiness Bar - REMAINS OPEN

         *   Takara Massage - REMAINS OPEN

         *   Wild Cat - REMAINS OPEN
 PATPONG  1

 PATPONG  2  
MAP
       The Black Pagoda and friends continue to find innovative ways to promote the "Patpong Scene".   BTW, the windows of the Black Pagoda (suspended over Patpong 2) are once again transparent, affording two-way viewing - restoring one of the unique features of that lounge bar.
 PATPONG  2 

       Up on The Ramp, the Qeen 501 Studio Bar was closed down like Alcatraz when we passed by the other evening.   We'll check back next time 'round and see if it might have been just a temporary closure...
 PATPONG  2 

 SOI COWBOY  
MAP
            As anticipated, the Penny Black opened their new downstairs digs last month.   Let the good times roll...
 SOI  COWBOY 

 NANA PLAZA  
MAP
              Pigtails, a long time abuilding, opened new in August in what was formerly the London Calling.   Comfortable seating, if sometimes no place to put your feet....   Welcome to the machine...
 NANA  PLAZA

              It looks like Stockings, will soon be opening in the Covid-killed Temptations up on the second level.
 NANA  PLAZA

              Mandarin has absorbed the adjoining plot, which, up until Covid-closure, was the Mercury Ladyboy Bar.   Also up on the second level.
 NANA  PLAZA


 SOI  NANA  
MAP
               The Mani Bar & Grill, open only two months, has closed.   We'll check back to confirm, and get back atcha'.   Located in the Maison Hotel grounds.
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

               The Bad Shah Club has reopened after the long lockdown due to the Pandemic.   Renovations looking good.   Located in the Nana Hotel.   Welcome back to the same old same old.
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

               With renovations going on into the night, it looks like the Swan Isan Mak Muang has finally been scratched.   Just plainly no customers.   Rest assured, the Swan Group has something else in mind for that upstairs area - a wait-and-see item...
 SOI  NANA  -  (SOI  4  SUKHUMVIT)

               It looks like the Charmming Massage has finally fallen into the black hole of history.   It's been too dark for too long.   Located in Subsoi Big Mango.

 SOI  KATOEY  
MAP
            The Welcome bar, long closed during the Pandemic, reopened last month (as mentioned here).   However, this month we find they are once again closed.   Only time will tell if this is permanent - several bars on the Soi tend to open and close with alarming irregularity.   See the Welcome bar in better, earlier days in the file photo below...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
MAP
             Touch Bar opened newly in the long-running Happy Bar (which closed last month).   We like the new signage : "All (local) drinks 89 Baht" and a reminder in Thai that Covid is still among us.   Located at the top of Subsoi Starlight.   May Fate deal them all aces and faces...
 SOI  22  

            The Bal Sabai Foot Massage has opened newly in Park 22 across the Soi from the Marriott.   It appears they have location, location, location on their side.   Welcome them to the neon circus..
 SOI  22  

            The Pakwan Massage has an interesting evolution.   They started out as Hip Massage Bangkok at that location.   They closed down, only to reopen upstairs at that same location.   Meanwhile, the Pak Wan Bar & Restaurant set up shop on the ground floor.   This month the bar-restaurant has disappeared, and the Pakwan Massage now occupies the entire premises.   Rub-a-Dub-Dub....
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition August through 1 September 2022 - not inclusive of the above.
         *   Full Moon Massage - NEW - Next to AW Massage.   (Photo to follow.)

         *   Radn Waraisin Massage - NEW - (Ex: Chaowang Massg / Spa - CLOSED)   (Photo to follow.)

         *   Yu Ka - RECLOSED

         *   The Otto Bistro half of the 'Otto Bar & Bistro' - CLOSED
 SOI  22  

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  
MAP
            Last month we requested reader assistance in trying to read the new Blaq Lyte Eleven lounge sign (below, top).   We got no replies, but this month we found the solution.   Apparently the sign installers couldn't read it either, and installed it backwards.   See second photo below.   BTW, if you want to enter Blaq Lyte Eleven, you can't get there from here any more, you have to go down the Subsoi that the Lotus Massage is located on...   Gotta let the train roll on...


 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Koreana was closed (again) when we passed by the other evening.   We begin to wonder if they intend to stay in business...?
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
MAP
             Soi 7 Plaza is in a state of turmoil as they continue with their top-to-bottom reorganization.   The remaining bars relocating to the Northwest corner as the rest of the Plaza is cleared (to include the area adjacent to Sukhumvit Road - see new map below).   Yet, in spite of the chaotic conditions, two new bars have sprouted up : the Rain Bar and the Happy Place Bar (- Welcome them to the mayhem)....   It remains to be seen whether this is the slow demise of the Night Entertainent Area, or will it be rebuilt in a new configuration as per current rumor...(?)

            Big B's Bar, one of the oldest in the Plaza has moved out to streetside in order to avoid the bulldozers.   May she continue to prosper.   -Yes, the other Big B's Bar is still thriving on Soi Ambassador (Soi 11).
 SOI  7  PLAZA

 SOI  7  PLAZA

 SOI DEAD  ARTISTS 
MAP
            After a long Covid winter, the Joy has reopened.   Second level, S 33 Compact Hotel.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            As noted last issue, the Healthy Massage (Soi 33 Branch) has fully opened.   Located next door to the Pan Pan Italian Restaurant.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Venues that transitioned from August through 1 September 2022. -Not inclusive of the above.
         *   RIP - RECLOSED in Subsoi Pan Pan.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

 SOI  EDEN 
MAP
            Two months ago we noted the opening of The Entrance bar in the long-defunct Sip Song digs.   We heard from them that they were going to have their sign up 'soon'.   As it happens, they haven't put up any signage, so they might as well use the old Sip Song sign hiding above in the shadows...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

 

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Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      This month Midnite Hour takes a look at what was hot in November 1965.    The mid-1960's were the beginnings of the rapid growth of the expat Night Entertainment Scene in Thailand - largely due to the rapidly expanding war in Laos and Viet Nam.



      Narcing, the oldest of the three Aguilar brothers making music in Bangkok's 'ale houses' in the 60's and '70s moved over to the relatively new The Keynote.   The Keynote was followed shortly thereafter by The New Keynote, and for a while, both bars were open at the same time in the rapidly expanding Patpong Road Night Entertainment Area.



      The New Champagne Room was one of the "Big Four" in the New Road Night Entertainment Area in the '60s & '70s and featured various well-known international acts.   Margot & Chiverto (also as Margot Y Chiverto) were an internationally known Night Club act in the '50s, '60s and '70s, also appearing in film, most notably Santa Chikita (1953) and Acteón, (1965).   They were known professionally as 'The Aristocrats Of Adagio'



      We wonder why the Cafe De Paris, a thriving new Night Club in 1965 in the Patpong area (Surawong Rd) was so heavily promoting their 25 Baht lunches....   Too late to ask them, methinks...

      Taking note of the growing presence of the U.S. in Thailand in the mid-'60s due to the escalating Indochina conflict, the Oriental Hotel featured 'specials' as above.


      The Starlight Night Club, another favorite, and perhaps the largest Night Entertainment Venue in the New Road Night Entertainment Area, featured 'local' Philippine bands as well as international acts.   The Kolmedys featured above, right, were favorites on the international scene from the '50s through to the early '80s with eccentric head-balancing, juggling and unicycle performances.   They made their way to Bangkok in 1965, billed as coming from Spain, but were actually from Hungary (an Iron-Curtain country at the time).   The photo above, right, was a '50s promotional photo, and not taken at the Starlight.


      Last month we featured the Plaza Hotel showing a similar advertisement.   This month (November 1965) we note the opening of Duffy's Tavern (at long last, confirming to us the location).   From the outset, the Plaza Hotel (now Pavilion) was (and is) the location of several of Patpong's Night Entertainment Venues.


      The Aladdin's jazz scene was covered here last month, however we note they have 'formalized' these sessions - labeling them as Jazz Club '65'.      Patpong Road, of course.





A PAGE FROM Bangkok's NIGHTSCENE HISTORY....

20 YEARS AGO


September
With thanks to Cool Text -cooltext.com

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was New - And Who was Through
in the Expat Night Entertainment World
How many of these old 'Oases'
Do you remember ?

Patpong 1
September 2002

   *  Lipstick - REOPENED.

(Total Nitespots that month: 32 )

Patpong 2
September 2002

   *  The second-level  IT - NEW.   Replaced the Bualuang Target - CLOSED.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.   (Upstairs from today's The Strip.)


(Total Nitespots that month: 57 )

Soi Cowboy
September 2002

   *  The Cactus Club - NEW.   Cactus Club remains Covid-CLOSED.

   *  The Dollhouse - REOPENED after a brief 1 month closure.   They remain open at that location (after having closed during the Covid years).


(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
September 2002

   *   Luc's Bar bar beer - CLOSED - In Lolita's Corner (The 6-Pak)

   *   Bottleneck bar beer - CLOSED - Located along the side fence between Asoke Plaza side and Asoke Corner side.

   *   Internet @ Route 23 bar beer and internet cafe - CLOSED - In the Asoke Corner side.

   *   The Up To You - CLOSED - after only one month - in the 4-Pak.

   *   The Fantasy Thailand - CLOSED = after only one month - in the 4-Pak.

(Total Nitespots that month: 42 )

Nana Plaza
September 2002

   *  
- The Lollipop Mermaidium - CLOSED - Currently home to New Lollipop.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
September 2002

   *   - Noriega's - NEW - Previously unoccupied.   Helmed by SuperStar Frank, recently from the Tivoli in Clinton Plaza.   No Nitespot currently occupies those premises.

   *   - Hip Hop - NEW - Currently occupied by Hugs, 3rd level.

   *   - Play - CLOSED - Currently home to Bas Living Room.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
September 2002

  *  The Yokohama Member - NEW - Today those digs are occupied by Covid-CLOSED Club Sapporo in the S 33 Compact Hotel.

  *  The Cafe Buongiorno Bar & Rest. - NEW - Today those digs are occupied by Tendrloins / 33 Bistro on Sub-soi 5.

  *  The As Found - NEW - Located deep in the Soi.   Today those digs are unoccupied.

  *  The Bar Za Bar / Shoku Sai - CLOSED - Located in Sub-soi 4. Today no Nitespot occupies those digs.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
September 2002

       *
    - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
September 2002

      *   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

Clinton Plaza
(Originally ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ ~February 1999  to  June 2003 ]

September 2002

         NOTE: This is the beginning of the end for Clinton Plaza, as the handwriting is on the wall regarding closure.   Many bars started moving across Sukhumvit Road to Sukhumvit Square.

      *  Wind Mill (Kangaroo) - CLOSED - Outside against main building.

                  NOTE: Clinton Plaza receivership shut off electricity to the following bar beers:
      *  You & Me - Outside against main building.
      *  Happy Prosper Beer Baar - Outside against main building.
      *  Lek's Boozer - Outside against outer wall.
      *  Suzy & Crazy Beer Bar - Right side..

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area
(Originally 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ April 2000 - March 2005 ] 

September 2002

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )

Sukhumvit Square
[ February 2002 - 26 January 2003 ] 

September 2002

      Below is the full 1 September 2002 Midnite Hour survey of Sukhumvit Square Night Entertainment Area .

Facing Sukhumvit Rd
Lighthouse
Bar Chemo II
After Work
Sweet Home Bar (Seminal Bar)
Montika Bar
Gemini
Rushour

At the Rear
A-10 Bar & Pool
Brownie
Casablanca
Country Road Beer Bar
Tippler's Tavern
The Retreat Bar
Kat Beer Bar
Bar Sanuk
Lemon Tree
Infinity Bar & Karaoke
Friend Bar
Jasmine & Kittengoen Bar
Bonanza Pub
Little Shinjuku
The House Bar - NEW

East Side - On Soi 10
Titano Bar
Star Bar

(The Little Mermaid) - CLOSED

T-Time Bar Rest

In The Happy Today "8-Pak"
Chemo Bar
Ying's Corner II
Rose Garden
Tu Bar
G-Spot
Wan's
(California) - CLOSED
Lovely Bar


West Side
Gwynnes - NEW - (ex: Mooney) - CLOSED
Lucky Cat Bar
Hello Bar
Walker Bar Pool & Dart
Suzy Bar
Tikki
Say Hi - (No sign...)
Colorando - NEW - (ex: Harry Potter) - CLOSED
[ The Vibration (The Bar In) ]-    CLOSED
Relax Bar

'77 Sunset'  (Center raised area)
-   (Under construction)
-   (Under construction)
-   etc
(Total Nitespots that month: 41 )





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VICARIOUS ART CRIMES   #194


MIDNITE HOUR's

But is it ....ART ?



Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK Graf.com" <link>



GRAFFITI  IN  THE  NEWS


      A wall behind Vancouver's Native Housing (originally Indigenous housing) became an eyesore over the years due to random and inappropriate graffiti tags.   A small group of Graffiti advocates had long thought it would be the ideal wall for 'legal' (approved by the Municipality) graffiti, and after literally years of appeals to the authorities, they were finally granted permission to create a "legal wall" at that location.   They immediately opened a 'Go Fund Me' and received $1,200 which was used to prepare and repaint the wall.

Excerpted photos from Vancouver Is Awesome website.   Click here for full story.    Copyright Vancouver Is Awesome.

      As the above-mentioned Graffiti advocates were well connected in the 'graffiti community' it didn't take long before the newly painted wall (grey) was decorated with colorful - and less inappropriate 'murals'.   But the wall, or rather the wall's location became a little too popular with Vancouver's graffers, and soon adjacent buildings were once again being 'decorated' by graffiti.


      The Municipality and the Graffiti advocates are once again in negotiations as to how to bring the runaway spraypainting explosion under control.   More on this as we hear of it.

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original photographs or artwork resides exclusively with the creators.





With thanks to Cool Text.com

Graffiti #1361
Chimp's Combo
8 ft high x 39 ft


Graffiti #1362
Big Moon Chimp
8 ft high x 13 ft


Graffiti #1363
Chimpdroid
8 ft high x 13 ft


Graffiti #1364
Monkey-down
8 ft high x 13 ft


Graffiti #1365
Sketchers
8 ft high x 13 ft


Graffiti #1366
Big Bad Brother
8 ft high x 25 ft


Graffiti #1367
Lavender Blue
8 ft high x 18 ft


Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the creator
s.

Bangkok's original site !

SINCE  2005





   The
MIDNITE HOUR
Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman.


(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....
- Ed)




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